If you like cars with all the options, you might like a builder’s model when it comes to houses, because they are built from the ground up to show off all the bells and whistles the builder has to offer.
In this case, it’s 8 Sweet William Drive in The Glens subdivision in Stafford, just off Mountain View Road. Completed in 2015, the model is named the Stratford II and was the winner in its price range (over $1 million) in the 2015 Parade of Homes.
Developed and built by Augustine Homes, The Glens recently saw the last of its 32 lots sold, which means it’s time for the model to go on the market. Augustine sales manager Glen Johnson will handle the sale of the property, which is listed at $1.139 million.
Sitting on a 3-acre lot, 8 Sweet William offers five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and a half bath. It has 7,845 square feet of finished living space on three levels, plus nearly 550 square feet of unfinished utility and storage space in the basement.
Though the Stratford II has its share of upgrades as the builder’s model, Johnson notes that many of Augustine’s standard features, such as granite counters, tall ceilings and a maintenance-free exterior, are upgrades for other builders.
“With our level of detail and memorable features, there’s a big ‘wow’ factor people associate with our homes,” Johnson said during a tour earlier this week. While Augustine offers many options and upgrades, Johnson adds that “we’re not afraid to customize” if a buyer wants something done a different way. He notes that by limiting construction to 65–80 houses a year, the company is able to provide the individual attention each house deserves.
The model is highly visible at the corner of Mountain View Road and Sweet William Drive, but thanks to the 3-acre lot, it is set back from both roadways. The sprawling home offers plenty of curb appeal, thanks especially to the four, two-story Corinthian columns across the front that support a huge, front-facing gable. The house has foundation landscaping all around.
The main entry has sidelights and an arched transom, and all of the windows across the façade are pediment-topped, along with arched transoms on the main level. The vinyl siding on the front of the house has the look of wood shakes, and is beaded elsewhere.
Step inside and take in the open floor plan that revolves around the two-story foyer. Scraped oak hardwood flooring in a medium-dark finish spreads out across the main level. Large openings with decorative columns help define the dining and living rooms, to the left and right of the foyer, respectively.
The living room would be a welcoming space in its standard form, but the model extends it into a side sunroom, with windows on three sides and a two-tone cathedral ceiling. A partial wall that incorporates a two-sided gas fireplace separates and defines the two spaces. (Just so you know, there’s a baby-grand piano in the sunroom, and it conveys.)
The dining room adds chair rail and shadowbox wainscoting to the multi-piece crown molding that’s found in the formal front rooms. A butler’s pantry with a granite counter and extra cabinet space links the dining room and kitchen.
A particularly inviting element of the floor plan is the sight line, which takes the eye from the foyer straight back through the family room to the stone fireplace at the rear of the home. The family room, with its statement-making coffered ceiling, is defined by half-walls and columns, but remains part of a large, open area that includes the kitchen, breakfast area, and a second sunroom at the back of the house.
Somewhat isolated on the other side of the family room is the home office or library.
The big kitchen is a welcoming spot, whether you’re looking to cook or enjoy some conversation. A large island designed to host a row of stools is equipped with a prep sink and illuminated by a trio of pendant lights.
The top-of-the-line stainless-steel appliances include a Thermador range and refrigerator, plus a dual wall oven. White granite counters and cabinetry contrast nicely with the black subway tile backsplash. The stainless steel farm sink is a nice addition.
The breakfast area blends into the back sunroom, which is surrounded by windows that bring plenty of natural light into the area.
The powder room is nearby, and off the kitchen is a mudroom that leads to the oversized three-car garage. Johnson points out that the garage’s 24-foot depth lets it cater to even the largest SUVs.
There are two ways to get upstairs, thanks to the front and back stairways. The upper level has four bedrooms, including the large and accommodating owners’ suite. The master bedroom has a tray ceiling with indirect lighting, and is separated from the sitting area, by a three-sided fireplace.
The double door to the master bath frames an elaborate, round jetted tub arrangement that has his-and-hers multispray showers wrapped in glass block behind it. Off the bathroom is a huge walk-in closet.
Another bedroom has its own private bathroom, while two other secondary bedrooms share a buddy bath with dual vanity and a separate space with the toilet and tub.
The laundry room is up here, as well, with folding counter and sink.
The basement has plenty of room for whatever fun you have in mind. Brick accent walls add warmth and character. A large recreation room is at the center of things and has a large granite wet bar equipped with wine cooler and dishwasher. A bedroom and full bathroom are nearby.
Thanks to the two main-level sunrooms, there is extra corresponding basement space including a game room (with pool table that conveys) and a downstairs office. Other spaces include a media room, exercise room with adjoining full bathroom, and unfinished utility room.
The house has an efficient, three-zone heating and cooling system, central vacuum, and whole-house sound and security systems.
In case you’re not a gardener, Sweet William Drive is named for a pretty annual plant in the dianthus family. Deeper in the subdivision, it intersects with Cosmos Court, named for another annual.